Gender of God?

United States
September 23, 2007 5:40pm CST
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all use male language to refer to God. In the Bible God is not only referred to in the male pronoun, but encourages the Israelites to destroy their enemies and take the young females as captives. If we envisioned God as a woman, with the stereotypical feminine qualities of maternal love, gentleness, etc., would it make a difference? Would we stop spending so much on defense and spend more taking care of the poor?
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• India
24 Sep 07
What about the weapons and slaughter by Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Mao and so on? The Bible talks about God's gentleness...his love and so on. And the reason why God sanctioned certain people to be killed was because the people were so bad...practising human sacrifice and so on. with regards, headhunter525
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• United States
24 Sep 07
God told the Israelites to go and kill everyone in certain communities, but to keep the young virgins for themselves. Do you really think God sactioned the slaughter of babies, and the rape of young girls? I think its much more likely that the Israelites felt guilty about what they'd done, so they convinced themselves that God told them it was O.K.
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• India
26 Sep 07
slaughter of babies and rape of virgins...where!?
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@nicolec (2673)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Actually, G-d does not have a form. No one in either testament has ever seen g-d. Unless a burning bush counts. I beleive 'he' is only referred to as 'he' because we had to put some pronoun on it. And let's face it, the bible (old and new) was written by men. So they made that choice. And can you tell me where it says the Israelites were to rape and keep virgin women for themselves?
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@casita (237)
• United States
24 Sep 07
The theologian, Leonardo Boff, wrote "The Maternal Face of God," which is one of my favorite books. And I don't think the things you write of have anything to do with belief or non-belief or gender. It's basic human greed.
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@eden32 (3976)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I don't think you're going to convince many in those religions that God could be female. But in answer to your question, Goddess worshiping religions tend to be much more peaceful & loving than mainstream, male-dominated religions.
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• India
24 Oct 07
the reason why god is known by a male gender has a simple logic and that is -- man is supperior to women in most ways althoug many says both are equal theuy are no true. women have to obey man and this fact we can see in the world although many western people think both have same rights.look at the nature the animals specially tiger and tigeress tiger is respected by tigeress. the reason why we know god by male rather then female is that male is supperior to women.secondly there is nothing to do with male and female in case of god -- coz he has no male or female organ like what we have -- the important thig to know is that he is the creator of both male and female -- so how could he be male or female? certainly he is not female ofcorse -- how would a male feel if some one tells him he is female !!it is rather insulting to him! but when we say she is brave like man it is rather place of respect for her! so how can god be female?isnt male greater then female and the god is the greatest and no one is superrior to him?!! again if god is female then who is male?whome did she married with?if she gives birth -- who would be his/her father? all the logics prove that he is male although he has nothing to do with the genders but he is the creator the genders!
@gypsygoth (244)
• Philippines
6 Oct 07
if god has a gender wouldn't that be limiting God's power? imho, god doesnt have a gender but can be both feminine and masculine. i dont want to sound bad or anything but based on history, the scriptures and texts were made when the world favored men more than women... that's why almost everybody has this "mind set" that God is Male.